Why select UC Davis?

  • UCD Double Decker Bus

    UC Davis double decker bus

  • UC Davis Open House

    UC Davis Open House

  • UCD

    UC Davis Coffee House

  • Davis

    Downtown Davis

  • Shields Library

    UC Davis Shields Library

  • Redwood Grove

    UC Davis Redwood Grove

  • UC Davis Community Center

    UC Davis Community Center

  • UC Davis Bike Barn

    UC Davis Bike Barn

  • Davis Farmers' Market

    Davis Farmers' Market

Ranked #1

UC Davis is the #1 agricultural university in the world and the #1 veterinary school. UC is considered a top value for education and the Department of Animal Science is ranked by the Gourman report as the #1 Animal Science Department in the Nation. UC Davis lies in the City of Davis located in California’s fertile central valley, 12 miles west of Sacramento, California’s capitol and 75 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sonoma and Napa Valley, known for wine, are an hour’s drive to the northwest. Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are two hours to the east while coastal communities of Mendocino and Santa Cruz are about 150 miles to the north or south, respectively.

Davis is known for the quality of its college town life with a welcoming environment, amenities and innovative housing. The weather is usually mild, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. There are community pools, tennis courts, playing fields, parks and jogging paths throughout the city. Davis is sometimes referred to as “The Bicycle Capital of the U.S.” because many people ride their bicycles. Davis is very appealing and students, faculty, and staff find it a great place to live, study and work.